Lady Raiders Remain at No. 8 in USTFCCCA Poll

The Lady Raiders remained at No. 8 in the USTFCCCA poll this week.

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January 24, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech women's indoor track and field team remained at No. 8 in the official United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches computer rankings released earlier today.

The Lady Raiders opened the season with a No. 8 ranking in the official preseason poll released on Jan. 10.

The Lady Raiders are coming off of a strong showing in each of the first two indoor meets of the season held at the Athletic Training Center on the Texas Tech campus.

Highlights from the opening two meets included All-American Kelly Closse breaking a school and Athletic Training Center record in the weight throw Saturday with a toss of 68'-7.25". Closse garnered first place finishes in both the weight throw and the shot put in each of the two meets.

Over the weekend, Candace Jackson and Taylor Evans finished in first and second place in the 400 meter dash, while the 4x400 relay team remained unbeaten, capturing its second win of the season.

Meanwhile, Katie Grimes broke a school record in the 55m hurdles in the opening meet of the season with a time of 7.74. She followed the performance up by running a 7.77 last weekend. The back-to-back performances marked the top two times in school history.

The Top 10 preseason ranking marked the third time in five years that the Lady Raiders were ranked in the Top 10 to begin the indoor season, and the fourth time in five years that they entered the season in the Top 15.

The Texas Tech track and field team will make its first road trip of the season this weekend when it travels to College Station to participate in the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge. The meet features teams from the Pac 12, SEC and will be hosted by Texas A&M. Tech will compete against nine squads that currently rank in the Top 25 of the latest USTFCCCA Poll.



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